CfP: Contextual Complexities – Contesting “the” Immigrant Experience

The ESS Program Committee is releasing this call for papers for a session on Immigrant Experiences as part of the ESS Annual Meeting to be held February 26-March 1, 2015 in New York City.   

Contextual Complexities – Contesting “the” Immigrant Experience
Media outlets and some scholars commonly refer to “the” immigrant experience. Yet, even within immigrant groups that are small or relatively homogenous, there is no singular immigrant experience. While many immigrants may share some similar experiences, there are also significant differences depending on individuals’ gender, race, ethnicity, religion, education, nationality, socio-economic status, age, and contexts of exit and reception. This session highlights the diversity of immigrants’ experiences—from common to surprisingly unique outcomes—by examining the contextual complexities inherent in the cities, towns, and communities in which they settle.

Send abstracts to Bernadette Ludwig, one of the session’s organizers (along with Elizabeth Miller and Jessica Sperling), at, by October 10, 2014. Abstracts that are not accepted can then be submitted for general placement into the regular abstract system at


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